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When the battle-scarred but indefatigable PI loses all his dough to an unscrupulous financial advisor, he has to follow the money trail deep into Sydney's underbelly—the territory of big money and bent deals—to get himself back in the black When beautiful young women kiss you on the cheek you know you're over the hill, but I didn't really feel like that. As Wesley said, I When the battle-scarred but indefatigable PI loses all his dough to an unscrupulous financial advisor, he has to follow the money trail deep into Sydney's underbelly—the territory of big money and bent deals—to get himself back in the black When beautiful young women kiss you on the cheek you know you're over the hill, but I didn't really feel like that. As Wesley said, I still had the moves. Cliff Hardy may still have the moves but he's in trouble. The economy's tanking and he's been conned by a financial advisor and lost everything he's got. Cliff only knows one way, and that's forward, so he's following the money trail. It's a twisted road that leads him down deep into Sydney's underbelly, into the territory of big money, bent deals, big yachts, and bad people. Cliff's in greater danger than ever before, but he's as tenacious as a dog with a bone.


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When the battle-scarred but indefatigable PI loses all his dough to an unscrupulous financial advisor, he has to follow the money trail deep into Sydney's underbelly—the territory of big money and bent deals—to get himself back in the black When beautiful young women kiss you on the cheek you know you're over the hill, but I didn't really feel like that. As Wesley said, I When the battle-scarred but indefatigable PI loses all his dough to an unscrupulous financial advisor, he has to follow the money trail deep into Sydney's underbelly—the territory of big money and bent deals—to get himself back in the black When beautiful young women kiss you on the cheek you know you're over the hill, but I didn't really feel like that. As Wesley said, I still had the moves. Cliff Hardy may still have the moves but he's in trouble. The economy's tanking and he's been conned by a financial advisor and lost everything he's got. Cliff only knows one way, and that's forward, so he's following the money trail. It's a twisted road that leads him down deep into Sydney's underbelly, into the territory of big money, bent deals, big yachts, and bad people. Cliff's in greater danger than ever before, but he's as tenacious as a dog with a bone.

30 review for Follow The Money

  1. 4 out of 5

    Karen

    You really have to worry about Cliff Hardy. Every year he seems to dig himself a bigger, deeper more dramatic hole and he's not as young as he thinks he is. Or so it seems from these books, but realistically Cliff is timeless. He has to be - don't try to do the maths of how old he must be - your brain will hurt or you could suddenly wonder why you're not quite such an action hero when you're nowhere near Cliff's age! Cliff's timelessness is part of his attraction, as is his blatant disregard for You really have to worry about Cliff Hardy. Every year he seems to dig himself a bigger, deeper more dramatic hole and he's not as young as he thinks he is. Or so it seems from these books, but realistically Cliff is timeless. He has to be - don't try to do the maths of how old he must be - your brain will hurt or you could suddenly wonder why you're not quite such an action hero when you're nowhere near Cliff's age! Cliff's timelessness is part of his attraction, as is his blatant disregard for the rules, personal safety, and doctors advice. In recent years he has moved on a tiny bit though - he's had a heart attack and bypass surgery; finally got love; lost that love through tragedy; got rich; and in FOLLOW THE MONEY, lost the money again. At the hands of an unscrupulous financial advisor who, just to rub salt in the wounds, is renowned as somebody who ripped off clients too lazy to keep an eye on their own financial affairs. Cliff's not lazy, he's just easily distracted! For Cliff though, it seems that the only thing worse than being ripped off could be being hired to find out if the aforementioned unscrupulous advisor isn't as dead as initial reports indicated. But forethought and consideration aren't items big on Cliff's checklist and off he goes. Enduring beatings and attacks, stays in hospital, chases, liars, cheats and threats and generally doing a fair bit of rushing around, Cliff does what Cliff does and gets to the bottom of the story. One of the most important things in a series of this longevity, which concentrates solely on a single central character, has to be keeping the stories interesting and fresh. Sure there are elements that you expect - like the beatings, and ignoring the rules and the hospital visits etc etc etc, but luckily Corris seems to have found the happy knack of keeping things entertaining in the last half dozen or so of the Cliff Hardy books. This means that readers can quite conceivably look on the standard elements as time spent with an old friend. Albeit an old friend that you'd be barking to stand next to at the bar for fear of finding yourself in a fight that had absolutely nothing to do with you - but a little distance, and maybe a well defined exit strategy and why not shout a round. Okay, so you're not going to learn a lot about the psyche of the Australian male of a certain age. Okay so you know that Cliff's going to come out on top, well as close to the top as Cliff's ever going to get, and you know that being the love interest in Cliff's life's going to be a tricky prospect. But on the other hand, you also know that the bad guys will get found out, that wrongs will be righted and the Medicare system works like a dream. And it's nice to know that in each book there's always a bit of a plus for Cliff. Somewhere.

  2. 4 out of 5

    David

    The Cliff Hardy novels were aptly described to me yesterday as tight and lean (Thanks Laura). They are not pretentious and there is no padding. They are stripped-down, gritty and entertaining crime fiction that can be consumed in a sitting or two - and this latest Cliff Hardy mystery is no exception. Cliff as usual manages to get his nose in where it's not wanted and attract the ire of the good guys and the bad guys alike. Cardiac issues and the loss of his PI license are but minor inconveniences The Cliff Hardy novels were aptly described to me yesterday as tight and lean (Thanks Laura). They are not pretentious and there is no padding. They are stripped-down, gritty and entertaining crime fiction that can be consumed in a sitting or two - and this latest Cliff Hardy mystery is no exception. Cliff as usual manages to get his nose in where it's not wanted and attract the ire of the good guys and the bad guys alike. Cardiac issues and the loss of his PI license are but minor inconveniences to a serial rule-breaker and incredibly fast-healer like Cliff. The Global Financial Crisis has hit hard and Cliff is low on cash after being embezzled out of his inheritence by an unscrupulous financial advisor. Wrapped around the well-conceived plot, Cliff must navigate the usual mix of alcohol-fuelled clandestine meetings, low-life characters and beautiful women in order to Follow The Money. Peter Corris keeps evolving and adapting to the times with each new Cliff Hardy novel. Cliff has matured and developed throughout the series. He is getting older and more cautious. He catches buses where possible to avoid the stress of the chaotic Sydney traffic. When Cliff does take the car, he wonders if he might be over the limit after 2 light beers in an hour. Cliff now eats at Italian restaurants and frequents cafes more than pubs these days. And in keeping with the contemporary Sydney setting, the cast of characters in this latest offering now has a distinctive multicultural flavour with Asian, Middle Eastern, Italian and even Nordic influences. If you have read Peter Corris before, you know exactly what you are getting into. The Godfather of Australian Crime keeps producing high quality, slick and enjoyable Australian crime fiction, as he has done now for over 30 years. This is number 36 in the series, and I hope there are many more to come. If you haven't met Cliff Hardy before - get on board!

  3. 5 out of 5

    Calzean

    My first Cliff Hardy book. A tight, no fuss story as Hardy helps to find the financial adviser who lost Hardy's money. There are murders, double crosses, modern day policing of Chinese and Lebanese crime, and Hardy's dogmatic approach to investigation. This is a stand-alone book with enough references to understand (but not fully appreciate) Hardy's life journey. Given this book is #36, Corris must be fairly unique in being able to maintain this standard for so long. My first Cliff Hardy book. A tight, no fuss story as Hardy helps to find the financial adviser who lost Hardy's money. There are murders, double crosses, modern day policing of Chinese and Lebanese crime, and Hardy's dogmatic approach to investigation. This is a stand-alone book with enough references to understand (but not fully appreciate) Hardy's life journey. Given this book is #36, Corris must be fairly unique in being able to maintain this standard for so long.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Rhonda Powling

    This is another enjoyable, tight adventure, set in Sydney, as the dogmatic Cliff Hardy is contacted by one financial expert to find another (unscrupulous) financial adviser, who also lost Hardy's money and is supposed to be dead. Cliff is facing bankruptcy and, as this has no appeal, he decides to “follow the money” and find out what is really going on. As he becomes more involved there are murders, double crosses and he uncovers links to underworld activity and issues with the policing of Chine This is another enjoyable, tight adventure, set in Sydney, as the dogmatic Cliff Hardy is contacted by one financial expert to find another (unscrupulous) financial adviser, who also lost Hardy's money and is supposed to be dead. Cliff is facing bankruptcy and, as this has no appeal, he decides to “follow the money” and find out what is really going on. As he becomes more involved there are murders, double crosses and he uncovers links to underworld activity and issues with the policing of Chinese and Lebanese crime. Although Cliff no longer holds a PI licence, he continues his investigation, getting up the noses of the good guys and the crooks, before the final denouement. Although a long way into the series, it is a stand-alone book with enough references to understand Cliff's life journey. It is a good reliable, light story, with enough twists to keep you reading and quite a few amusing observations about life .

  5. 4 out of 5

    Robert Scott

    ++Finished 04/10/2013. Cliff is hired by a financial expert to find another of the same who was supposedly murdered and the body ID'd by his wife. And he was the lover of the first man's wife. Cliff sans PEA license or gun is trying to recover some of his money which was absconded with as well as avoid a large assessment against some property purchased in his name. His daughter Megan is pregnant and he enlists the aid of 2 widows, and ex wife and a beautiful Asian secretary to solve the case, al ++Finished 04/10/2013. Cliff is hired by a financial expert to find another of the same who was supposedly murdered and the body ID'd by his wife. And he was the lover of the first man's wife. Cliff sans PEA license or gun is trying to recover some of his money which was absconded with as well as avoid a large assessment against some property purchased in his name. His daughter Megan is pregnant and he enlists the aid of 2 widows, and ex wife and a beautiful Asian secretary to solve the case, almost being murdered himself in the process. But oh how glorious to be back at work.++

  6. 4 out of 5

    Jenny

    Follow the Money is an enjoyable book to read with the twist and turns that cause the reader never to know what the conclusion is going to be. Nice change that the main character of Follow the Money Cliff Hardy was a disbarred Private Detective and has a heart condition. Peter Corris entwine the story around this fascinating and damaged character Cliff Hardy which keeps the reader involved in the story. Follow the Money also highlights the importance of keeping an eye on our investments. Another Follow the Money is an enjoyable book to read with the twist and turns that cause the reader never to know what the conclusion is going to be. Nice change that the main character of Follow the Money Cliff Hardy was a disbarred Private Detective and has a heart condition. Peter Corris entwine the story around this fascinating and damaged character Cliff Hardy which keeps the reader involved in the story. Follow the Money also highlights the importance of keeping an eye on our investments. Another great book from Peter Corris. I recommend this book.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Kay

    My first Cliff Hardy book, and there are 41 more to go! Loved that the plot revolved around greed and following the money and also that it was a tour around Sydney with all the places figuring in the story named. Wish there'd been a map on the endpapers, but looking up the places and imagining Cliff at them was great fun. A very low-key sleuth, even when his own financial well-being is seriously threatened made this a bit unusual among the cool investigators I've read. Going to get another book My first Cliff Hardy book, and there are 41 more to go! Loved that the plot revolved around greed and following the money and also that it was a tour around Sydney with all the places figuring in the story named. Wish there'd been a map on the endpapers, but looking up the places and imagining Cliff at them was great fun. A very low-key sleuth, even when his own financial well-being is seriously threatened made this a bit unusual among the cool investigators I've read. Going to get another book in the series soon!

  8. 4 out of 5

    Biggus

    The guy reading this has to be one of the most pathetic actors I have ever had the misfortune to listen to. He sounds like he is reading a primer to a bunch of primary school kids. He totally ruined the book, and I doubt I'll ever listen to Dino Marnika again. There are no words to adequately describe just how bad he is as an audio book narrator. The guy reading this has to be one of the most pathetic actors I have ever had the misfortune to listen to. He sounds like he is reading a primer to a bunch of primary school kids. He totally ruined the book, and I doubt I'll ever listen to Dino Marnika again. There are no words to adequately describe just how bad he is as an audio book narrator.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Ron Brown

    For a guy who has had a heart attack and is on several medications for an assortment of illnesses Cliff certainly gets a flogging in this novel. I think he must be slipping to get caught off side as often as he does in this story. He even ends up in hospital. Cliff has several motivations for taking on this case. One being the recovery of investments he has made with a shonky financial advisor. The story moves along at a steady pace and with an array of characters. A few too many for my congested For a guy who has had a heart attack and is on several medications for an assortment of illnesses Cliff certainly gets a flogging in this novel. I think he must be slipping to get caught off side as often as he does in this story. He even ends up in hospital. Cliff has several motivations for taking on this case. One being the recovery of investments he has made with a shonky financial advisor. The story moves along at a steady pace and with an array of characters. A few too many for my congested cognitive connections. Some, like the Chinese sisters, a bit more interesting than others. His daughter and her husband and the little gremlin that is due shortly appear throughout the story. Cliff would be the first to admit that he would never make the quarter finals of the Father of the Year competition but he does express love and affection for his recently found daughter. One interesting aspect of this Cliff Hardy novel is that Cliff has no female interest character that he can have steamy sex with. There are two attractive Chinese women but one is as mad as a cut snake the other probably has too much style for Cliff to do any good. In this story Cliff doesn’t have his PI license. He has lost it and it wasn’t lost in the wash. This doesn’t hamper Cliff all that much although he does end up being arrested. The story has a myriad of characters, mostly bad and mostly out to do Cliff harm. It follows that similar pattern of Cliff finding out information that leads him from one character to another. (And being three and a half steps in front of the plod.) The end is a bit lengthy and messy but naturally enough most things work out to Cliff’s satisfaction. If you have never read a Cliff Hardy this is as good a place to start as any. If you want to start on a literary journey of the life of a rather worn but likeable Sydney PI who traverses Sydney and its surround this is also a worthy place to start.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Marianne

    Incredible as it may seem, I had never read a Peter Corris novel, so I had no idea of the depth of pleasure in store for me when I began to read his latest Cliff Hardy offering, “Follow the Money”. The GFC in full swing, ex-PI Cliff Hardy has managed, not only to lose all his money, but also to end up with a future debt, thanks to the actions of an unscrupulous and now possibly (or possibly not) deceased financial advisor. Less than enamoured by the idea of bankruptcy, Cliff decides to “follow t Incredible as it may seem, I had never read a Peter Corris novel, so I had no idea of the depth of pleasure in store for me when I began to read his latest Cliff Hardy offering, “Follow the Money”. The GFC in full swing, ex-PI Cliff Hardy has managed, not only to lose all his money, but also to end up with a future debt, thanks to the actions of an unscrupulous and now possibly (or possibly not) deceased financial advisor. Less than enamoured by the idea of bankruptcy, Cliff decides to “follow the money”. If, as I did, you are wondering how a novel concerning a financial advisor and the GFC could be anything but boring, let me assure you that Peter Corris has succeeded admirably in producing both humour and excitement. I would add that I am very grateful that my financial advisor is nothing like this one Corris has created a likeable hero in Cliff Hardy. He gives us a clever plot with a few twists, credible dialogue with plenty of chuckles and laugh-out-loud moments, lots of action and a great climax. This was my first Peter Corris novel: it is, without doubt, not my last

  11. 5 out of 5

    Nick

    This book has all the Cliff Hardy trademarks --- great settings in an around Sydney, bad guys, Cliff getting beaten up, a cast of glamorous women, Cliff's ongoing disdain for the majority of the NSW Police Force. He's still working out, he seems to be drinking a bit more, still living in Glebe. And maybe that's the problem after thirty-plus adventures maybe the stories are all starting to sound a bit similar. I know I'll read the next one, and the next one, just like I've read them all so far. B This book has all the Cliff Hardy trademarks --- great settings in an around Sydney, bad guys, Cliff getting beaten up, a cast of glamorous women, Cliff's ongoing disdain for the majority of the NSW Police Force. He's still working out, he seems to be drinking a bit more, still living in Glebe. And maybe that's the problem after thirty-plus adventures maybe the stories are all starting to sound a bit similar. I know I'll read the next one, and the next one, just like I've read them all so far. But maybe it's time for Cliff to retire and for Peter Corris to introduce us to someone new? Not a bad book, I enjoyed reading it, but nothing ground-breaking.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Craig Sisterson

    The ‘godfather of Australian crime writing’, Corris has been penning his acclaimed Cliff Hardy tales for decades. This new instalment sees the aging hero in a slump; he’s lost his private eye license and his entire life savings - embezzled by a dodgy financial advisor, who later wound up dead. But then Hardy’s unofficially ‘hired’ by a slick, desperate lawyer to find out whether the embezzler faked his own death; an assignment that has the budding granddad entwined with ethnic gangs and Sydney’s The ‘godfather of Australian crime writing’, Corris has been penning his acclaimed Cliff Hardy tales for decades. This new instalment sees the aging hero in a slump; he’s lost his private eye license and his entire life savings - embezzled by a dodgy financial advisor, who later wound up dead. But then Hardy’s unofficially ‘hired’ by a slick, desperate lawyer to find out whether the embezzler faked his own death; an assignment that has the budding granddad entwined with ethnic gangs and Sydney’s gritty underbelly

  13. 5 out of 5

    David Geelan

    Very enjoyable. Not a lot of surprises - it's the 36th Cliff Hardy novel, after all, and we read a Cliff Hardy novel to read a Cliff Hardy novel. Having said that, Hardy's life is moving on, with a grandchild and a coronary artery bypass, so he's doing a lot of the same things in some different ways. Sydney - which is always Hardy's co-protagonist - has moved on too, and as ever the story convincingly fits the dirty beautiful city I love. Very enjoyable. Not a lot of surprises - it's the 36th Cliff Hardy novel, after all, and we read a Cliff Hardy novel to read a Cliff Hardy novel. Having said that, Hardy's life is moving on, with a grandchild and a coronary artery bypass, so he's doing a lot of the same things in some different ways. Sydney - which is always Hardy's co-protagonist - has moved on too, and as ever the story convincingly fits the dirty beautiful city I love.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Deb Bodinnar

    Peter Corris writes a great Aussie crime story. This audio version was very entertaining with the reader changing voices for each character, emphasis where needed and better still no fumbling over the words (which I've heard in previous Audios). Will be on the lookout for more from this Author. Even got my husband listening as we were travelling together (he never reads a novel!) Peter Corris writes a great Aussie crime story. This audio version was very entertaining with the reader changing voices for each character, emphasis where needed and better still no fumbling over the words (which I've heard in previous Audios). Will be on the lookout for more from this Author. Even got my husband listening as we were travelling together (he never reads a novel!)

  15. 4 out of 5

    Any Length

    entertaining, although this one is a bit more complicated to follow than the usual ones.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Justine

    Good reliable, fun read. Enjoy the familiar locations too and following Cliff's trials. Good reliable, fun read. Enjoy the familiar locations too and following Cliff's trials.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Cher

    Was a page turner I got a bit distracted and lost who was who for a bit but another great read.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Joseph Bevitt

    Sydney based drama. Funny hearing so many familiar street and suburb names. Fast paced, but a bit run-of-the-mill plot wise. An easy read when you need to switch off the brain for a little while...

  19. 4 out of 5

    Kathleen

    will try more books of this author

  20. 5 out of 5

    Bev Warren

    Another great Cliff Hardy novel. Light, fun adventure set in Sydney.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Charlie Baxter

  22. 5 out of 5

    Peter Madgwick

  23. 4 out of 5

    Jpb

  24. 4 out of 5

    J.D

  25. 5 out of 5

    pauline day

  26. 4 out of 5

    john atterbury

  27. 4 out of 5

    Denise Coutts

  28. 4 out of 5

    Adrian Dormer

  29. 5 out of 5

    Wil Bowman

  30. 4 out of 5

    David

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